A Christmas tree is definitely pleasant to look at, but I remember as a young child being told by my parents, “Don’t touch it!” “Don’t put that in your mouth!” Young children are attracted to the pleasantness of the Christmas tree. They want to touch it and might try to put the ornaments in their mouth. God created a Christmas tree in the Garden of Eden. We know that tree beautified the Garden because it was pleasant to look at. God’s only command was for Adam and Eve not to touch nor eat from that tree. Lift up Holy hands to the Lord! Just like a Christmas tree in a home with children, how beautifully that tree must have enhanced the beauty of the Garden.
Satan lied, lied, lied when he insinuated that the fruit would not bring death. When pleasant things are desired more than our desire for God it will always separate us from God and bring spiritual death. Satan lied when he said it would open their eyes because it blinded them to the beauty and pleasantness that once was in the Garden and on that tree. Now, they would see thorns and thistles. Satan lied when he said it would make them gods because it enlivened sin which caused them to fall from God’s fellowship. We suffer the consequences of that fall today. But, let us lift up Holy hands to the Lord! The first Adam enlivened sin, but the second Adam, Jesus Christ, put sin back into dormancy by His shed blood on the Cross. Where Adam and Eve knocked over the Christmas tree, Jesus Christ set it back up in the beauty of Holiness. Satan lied when he said they would know good and evil because the only new knowledge gained was of the treachery and evilness of Satan. Jesus Christ defeated Satan on the Cross so that sin and death lies dormant like decorations on a Christmas tree, producing Holiness and not to be touched or eaten. As long as we do not touch or eat that pleasant looking fruit, we will be able to admire the beauty of the world while not engaging in it’s sin. Lift up Holy hands to the Lord! We are set apart from the ways, wisdom, and knowledge of the world. Every good gift UNDER the tree is ours to enjoy, it is from God to you through His Son Jesus Christ.
God explicitly said to Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of that tree, Satan caused her to believe a lie that it was good for food! Satan caused her to believe it was fruit good to make one wise, but it is very, very foolish to disobey God. The beauty of Holiness is exactly like a Christmas tree, and exactly like the pleasant looking tree of whose fruit we are not to eat. Don’t touch and don’t eat from the pleasant things of the world when those pleasantries replace our love for God! We are all familiar with people worshipping God with their hands in the air with nothing but praise for God flowing from the mouth. From now on, think of this as a gesture of not touching the pleasant things of the world, hands dedicated to God, which would prohibit our plucking and eating the godless pleasantries. Lift up Holy hands to the Lord as you stand before that beautiful and pleasant looking Christmas tree!
When we accept what Christ did for us on the Cross, our sin becomes dormant, inactive, and it does nothing through our hands, feet, tongue, etc. That dormancy of sin is like the Christmas ornaments on a Christmas tree. The world remains a beautiful place when we abide in Christ and refuse to touch and eat from it’s beauty. However, as soon as we begin to touch and eat the godless pleasantries of this world, then sin revives, is enlivened, and becomes active in our life. Through the activation of sin, Satan is seen for who he is…a liar who deceives for the purpose of stealing, killing, and destroying the beauty of God’s Holiness. All good gifts flow from the Cross of Christ. All wisdom, us being the Children of God, the discernment of good and evil, everything UNDER the Christmas tree are gifts to us because sin is dormant in us because of what Christ did for us at the Cross.
The whole idea is to not make the pleasant looking things of this world more important than your love for God. Speak more reverently towards God then you do for the beauty of the world and rest in the beauty of God’s creation. Yes, God created the Christmas tree in the Garden of Eden, as a beautiful sight to behold, but not to incite us to pluck it’s pleasant looking fruit. Obedience to God’s authority is much more important than satisfying our own lusts for the pleasantries of this world. Lift up Holy hands to the Lord.
Often, hurting and murdering others occurs when the pleasant looking fruit becomes more important than the welfare of others. Never let the pleasant looking lusts in this world become more important than our faithfulness to God, our spouse, business partners, etc. Don’t steal and lie to obtain the pleasantries of this world that are so coveted. Satan’s whole plan is to cause chaos by stealing, killing, and destroying all the pleasantries of this world! Satan wants to ruin our Christmas in the Garden of God by deceiving us into devouring the ornamental beauty that brings sin and death. Our response? We lift up Holy hands to the Lord!
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die: For God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened, and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:1-6